UK Foreign Policy

Britain's Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Is Becoming Clearer - And It's Not Pretty

Mark Curtis | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

The meaning of this from the rest of Jones's speech is clear - the head of the Royal Navy is seriously saying that British sea power and military force will protect and enhance British financial and commercial interests, including those of the City of London, especially in Asia. This is a clear exposition of the return of imperial gunboat diplomacy that Britain may be envisaging in the post-Brexit world.

In-tray For The New President: Saving Yemen

Keith Vaz | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

As we entered November, the people of the Western world were thinking of Hilary Clinton's emails, Donald Trump's surge in the polls and possibly even Christmas presents. Meanwhile, the people of Hodeida, Yemen were drinking seawater and eating grass to stay alive.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Beyond: The Rampant Hypocrisy Behind UK Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

How can it be the case that peaceful protesters and campaigners are arrested for blocking a road, yet regimes that systematically oppress their own citizens and kill others in wars of aggression are given the red carpet treatment and plied with weapons?

Why Campaigners Are Threatening Legal Action to Stop UK Arms Exports to Saudi

Andrew Smith | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Countries like Saudi Arabia aren't just buying UK arms, they are also buying political support and very often silence about the human rights abuses they preside over. Changing this will take more than the cancellation of a few licences. It will need a complete overhaul of government foreign policy and an end to the hypocrisy at the heart of it.

It's Time Our Government Stopped Pulling Their Punches Over Saudi Arabia

Tom Brake | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

Fundamental questions need to be asked about the UK Government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and calling the execution of 47 prisoners, some who were political prisoners only 'disappointing' is an embarrassing stance from the Government, a Government that is far too close to a regime with serious human rights abuses.

Britain Must Think About Its Relationship With Burma Over the Treatment of the Rohingyas

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

While the EU continues to struggle with the Mediterranean refugee crisis, South East Asia has been facing a potential catastrophe as Burma's Rohingya flee their homes in search of safety across the Andaman Sea. The scenes of thousands of people stranded on boats and the harrowing discovery of mass graves have recently commanded the world's attention, but the Rohingya minority's desperation is not new and they are no strangers to injustice.

UK Should Not Hinder Palestine's Right to International Criminal Court

Alyn Smith | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.

How Britain's Increasing Diversity Is Affecting Foreign Policy Thinking

Rumy Hasan | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

In his recent trip to Afghanistan, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband firmly stated that he would support British military intervention in future conflicts if it was "in the national interest". However, judging by recent statements made by senior figures in Britain's military, security and police establishments to two national newspapers, it will be in Britain's national interest not to engage in wars.

Cameron's China Trip Was Foolish and Craven

Sam Fowles | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Cameron's trip to China and his pledge that Britain will be China's "biggest advocate in the West", are bad politics, bad ethics and exceptionally bad foreign policy.

UK Arms Exports - Lessons Still to Be Learned from the Arab Spring

Roy Isbister | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It's possible I'm being too harsh on the Government. Maybe the remaining 130 licences for exports to Egypt are OK, and the risk that any of this other equipment might be misused is minor. But I suspect we need more revocations now, and a tighter policy on actually issuing licences in future. At the very least we need more information.

Flawed Logic in Decision to Lift Syria Arms Embargo

Dr Christopher Phillips | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Christopher Phillips

Britain's policy is fraught with further risks. Weapons could end up in the wrong hands. While Hague insists recipients will be carefully vetted to ensure they are 'moderate', there is no guarantee they will not radicalize in the future.

Lee Rigby

Peter Thompson | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Thompson

The attack on Lee Rigby cannot be condemned enough. But that must not lead us to condemn whole communities who - even if they have their doubts about British and US foreign policy - also have nothing but condemnation of those murderous acts in Woolwich.

British Hostage Among Seven Feared Killed By Nigeria Kidnappers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK

An Islamist terror group claims it has executed seven kidnapped foreigners, with one of those kidnapped by the group believed to be British. It is ...

Stronger Sanctions Are Needed for Diplomacy to Succeed

Pauline Neville-Jones | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Neville-Jones

Economic sanctions incur significant economic losses for all parties. Provided they are successful, they nevertheless represent the least bad way forward in relation to Iran. And to give diplomacy a real chance of success, they have to be efficient and effective.

Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

Patrick Kane | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Kane

The military cooperation agreements announced last month with Algeria and Libya are part of UK 'energy diplomacy' aimed at securing access to strategic resources in North Africa. Both countries are identified in the UK Energy Security Strategy as producers of gas and oil which are important trading partners and hence countries which are important to the UK's energy security.

Cameron and Blair Share Similar Rhetoric Over Foreign Policy

Emily Stacey | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

Both have been Prime Minister, both know how hard the job can be. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Tony Blair highlighted why he and David Cameron aren't so different after all.

Manners Please! Romania Is a Country Worth Staying Friends With

Tessa Dunlop | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Tessa Dunlop

Romanians are used to coming bottom of the European pile. I know, I'm married to one. He lives in Britain, and is often told he 'sounds English' - lucky chap.

The Conflict in Mali Has Nothing to Do With Fighting Terrorists

Assed Baig | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

If this battle is not for ideological reasons then what is it for?

Next for the American-British Alliance?

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

Diverse issues like instability in the Middle East, the financial crisis and climate change, all bear the footprint of the US. It is therefore incontrovertible that if we, here in the UK, wish to genuinely affect such issues, it is in our vital strategic interest to cement the 'special relationship.'

We Need to Bring Our Troops Home

Natalie Bennett | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our most recent occupation of Afghanistan has been marked, much like the others, by a directionless war that turns Afghans into enemies while getting bogged down in mud and blood. The growing occurrence of so called 'green on blue' attacks on allied forces are not simply a failure of security checks but a deeper sign that more Afghan's than ever are unconvinced that the 11 year occupation has been for their benefit. We should bring home the 9,000 British service men and women still stationed in Afghanistan, taking them out of harm's way.

Can Britain Defend the Falklands?

Mark Bell | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK
Mark Bell

It is certainly true that cuts to the British military would make retaking the Falklands more difficult should the islands be lost. It is also true that the discovery of significant hydrocarbon reserves in the waters around the Falklands has increased their strategic value, and that Argentine rhetoric on the Falklands has become increasingly bellicose. But does Argentina have the capability to seize the Falklands?

No. 10: We'll Stick To The Course Despite Kandahar Massacre

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics

The UK is "sticking to its course" in Afghanistan amid warnings British troops could be killed in reprisal attacks for the killing of 16 civilians by ...

Argentina's Top Diplomat Summoned To Foreign Office Over Import Boycott

PA | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Politics

The Argentine charge d'affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have raised our concerns wi...

PM: Argentina Pursuing 'Policy Of Confrontation' Over Falklands

PA | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics

Downing Street today accused Argentina of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the Falkland Islands, after reports suggested the South American s...

Why the International Community Has to Come Together to Help Somalia

William Hague | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics
William Hague

This week I visited Somalia's capital. Mogadishu is a city where people until recently were surviving, not really living. As its Mayor said to me, a 20-year-old Somali has never known anything other than violence and war... I left Somalia more convinced than ever that we have a responsibility to do our utmost to stem the decline of Somalia. Its people deserve a better future, and our own security requires their country to become more stable.